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Q: Why exactly is the show called FARSCAPE?
A: The Farscape 1 is the name of John's ship, the one he was using when this all started. It sat around in Moya's cargo bay for a few arns, until Crichton souped it up with the addition of some of Moya's spare components, and began trying to recreate the conditions that got him lost in the first place. Thus far, the Farscape 1 is one of the few crafts that have negotiated a wormhole without killing the passengers. (Originally titled Space Chase, the producers settled on Farscape just before the show went into production.)

Q: So how did Crichton get stuck out here anyway?
A: While trying to prove his and his best friend D.K.'s "slingshot" theory of interstellar space travel (using gravity instead of fighting it), Crichton accidentally zipped through a wormhole and ended up on the other side of the galaxy. (Maybe. It might be a whole lot farther away). the original theory was that that the combination of the slingshot maneuver and a solar flare created the wormhole, but it could have all been a matter of John being in the wrong place as the wormhole opened on it's own. The exact mechanics are still a little fuzzy.

Regardless, while doing this, Crichton also ended up in the middle of Moya's prison break, and her crew picked him up out of curiosity and desperation more than anything else.

Q: And everyone speaks English on the other side of the galaxy because.... why?
A: They don't. It just sounds like it. Five minutes after John was brought aboard Moya, one of the DRD's injected him with translator microbes. The microbes have colonized the base of his brain, and make it possible for him to understand everyone around him, even though they're speaking Luxan and Delvian and Sebacean. Evidently most species are injected as infants. So everyone here understands everyone else, unless the terms just don't translate (like D'Argo's snit-fit in PK Tech Girl, or the lack of translation for most of Crichton's slang. Some stuff, the microbes don't think you need to know). The fact that everyone's lips move in synch to English is just one of those groovy little intergalactic coincidences.

[Editor's Note: While rereading this, it occured to me to wonder how everyone still understood each other when their conciousnesses were flipped around in Out of their Minds; shouldn't the microbes, colonized in the physical brain, still have been translating everything into Luxan or Hynerian, or whatever? Or am I being overly nitpicky? Probably...]

There are mixed signals as to what effect the microbes have on literacy. In Jeremiah Crichton, only Rygel was able to read the book written in ancient Hynerian, yet everyone aboard Moya seems able to translate her read-outs and signs. (Pilot mentioned 'programming' microbes at one point, to let D'Argo understand ancient Luxan. How that fits in is anyone's guess, seeing as how they picked up the previously-unknown English just fine, without any help.) They also appear to be capable of translating words and concepts to a creature lacking either sentience or complex word-concepts, although they can be unreliable as hell between people who all speak verbally (see the microbe follies in Beware of Dog). And apparently they just show up on some worlds spontaneously (Jeremiah Crichton again, in which John was able to speak with the entire populace, not to mention I, E.T.). In short, don't try to figure out the rules -- there really aren't any as far as we can tell.

Q: What is in those food cubes?
A: It's one of those things no ones really wants to know -- Pilot calls it "essential colloidal foodstuff" made from "surplus products." Ick. It's prison food, some of it left over from when Moya was a jail, so we can guess that it's not all that appetizing even if it'll keep you alive. Fortunately, it's been a while since Our Jolly Crew had to resort to them.

Q: What are the differences between Humans and Sebaceans?
A: "Humans haven't conquered other planets yet, so mostly we just kick the crap out of each other," as John has pointed out. Mentally and emotionally, there don't appear to be any differences, though most of the Sebacean Peacekeepers we've met tend to be on the uptight, overbearing, fascist side. That could just be the Peacekeepers, though, not all Sebaceans.

Physically, there are some unfamiliar bacteria living inside Crichton's cells, and Humans have a much higher tolerance for heat than the environment-sensitive Sebaceans have (they're missing the heat-regulation glands). Humans have very different 'energy signatures' from Sebaceans, which can be noted by species' that see beyond the visible spectrum. Sebaceans also have an organ called a paraphoral nerve which regulates toxin removal, instead of the kidneys or liver, as Humans do. Also, Sebeceans apparently have much better eyesight than humans but then, most UT species' seem to.

We also now know that there can be cross-species interbreeding between Sebaceans and Humans, thanks to John's adventures on the Royal Planet and the taste of the compatibility kiss that he and Aeryn shared. And, you know, other stuff....

Otherwise, there's nothing so externally different that Zhaan would remark on it after a full physical examination of a naked Crichton. Or anything that Aeryn or John would notice through thin, sweaty cotton shorts and T-shirts while only microns away from each other (or nothing at all). Make of that what you will.

Q: Didn't Our Noble Crew used to be terminally poor? Where'd all the cash come from?
A: Yes. Yes, they did used to be terminally poor. Until they, you know, robbed a Shadow Depository and made off with most of the contents. We're not sure how much money exactly was in the Safe Deposit Boxes from Hell (before they got blown to hell), but apparently it was enough to make Moya's crew reasonably self-sufficient for the forseeable future.

Q: What's up with Moya? Is she alive? Is she intelligent?
Why was she in restraints in the premiere?
A: Moya was under restraints because being a jail transport is not her idea of a fun time. She was not constructed by the Peacekeepers, but captured and drugged, with her original pilot, until the restraints, among other things, could be installed on her. Her original pilot-symbiote (a female, some years older than the current Pilot) was murdered by the PK's and Pilot was installed while Moya was under the control collar and sedated. Given a chance to get away from the Peacekeepers, you can see why she Starburst as fast as you can say "get out of jail free card."

And yes, Moya is alive, an entirely seperate species with her own priorities, although she can only communicate through Pilot and the DRDs. She is also intelligent -- how intelligent, we have no idea, but she has enough free will to have deliberately cut Pilot out of the loop and to actively defend her baby when she became pregnant; she's also lent pretty high-level assistance to the crew when Pilot was out of it (Losing Time comes immediately to mind). So, don't mess with Moya.

Q: Why doesn't Pilot ever leave that one room inside Moya?
And is claustrophobia responsible for his snarky attitude?
A: Pilot is in symbiosis with Moya -- physically, mentally and emotionally bonded to his ship. He's needed to maintain the stability of her systems and keep everything running. He is physically a part of Moya and can't leave without major, painful surgery, not even to run away from people with sharp objects. (Wehn surgery is performed, unless he is re-integrated within an arn, both he and Moya will die.)

Actually, Pilot's attitude over the last few cycles was probably at least partly due to physical stress--- the PK's grafted him onto Moya without her consent, tortured her into cooperating, and left Pilot hooked up in a painful artificial connection that never stopped hurting. After admitting to having cooperated with the Peacekeepers in the initial installation (though he clearly didn't know all of what he was getting into), Pilot ripped out the PK connection to Moya. A new, less-reliable but more natural bonding is now in the process of growing between them.

This might lessen some of Pilot's attitude. (But we hope not. We kind of like it.)

Q: What does DRD stand for? And what are those little guys?
A: DRD stands for Diagnostic Repair Darter. They're Pilot and Moya's happy little helpers, who take care of repairing the ship's systems or finding out what's going on in areas of the ship that the crew can't get to. R2D2's shorter cousins, if you will. Either Moya or Pilot can control them, although they respond to crew commands. Two in particular, Rover and 1812, are Crichton's particular pets; 1812 came over from a different Leviathan altogether.

Q: Why doesn't the crew of the Moya ever shoot back when they're under
attack? And what kind of space drive is powering Moya?
A: Moya, unfortunately, does not come with a supply of lasers, phasers, or frag cannons; they just weren't in her design specs. This may change at some point in the future, but as of yet, the only thing she can do when under attack is run or hide. The crew managed to scavenge a Defense Screen off an old Peacekeeper wreck in PK Tech Girl; even if one shot from Talyn's cannons totaled it in Mind the Baby, it's gotten a workout in a few eps since then, and been moderately helpful if never dependable (and occasionally caused far more trouble than it was worth).

Fortunately, Moya's space drive includes a "StarBurst" capability, which shoots her into hyperspace and out of range of anyone else when used. It requires a warm-up phase, which is why the crew of the Moya had to use John's slingshot maneuver to evade Crais in the premiere. Her drive requires iriscentent fluid, which can be bought rather expensively at the commerce planet nearest you.

Q: I though Moya was an anarchy. How'd D'Argo wind up in charge?
A: D'Argo wound up in charge because Pilot and Moya, tired of trying to filter and prioritize orders from every-frelling-body on board, asked the crew to elect a captain. Despite some very iffy nominations, D'Argo a href="episodes/4-3.html#4.6">won by a landslide. He's really good at blowing things up, but, most importantly, usually winds up being The Sane One.

Everyone else continues in their usual roles. Rygel gets the negotiator and purchasing jobs, Zhaan's got some biological and medical expertise as well as her priest's training. Crichton alternates between searching obsessively for wormholes, being Science Guy, and getting in on the fighting; Aeryn, due to some interesting circumstances, is capable of filling in for Pilot in the short-term. Chiana does pretty much whatever needs to be done at any given time (she's also high on the 'blow things up' list). Sikozu wanders around getting into trouble, Scorpius wanders around being trouble by existing, and Noranti sort of cooks and sort of plays medical officer, if you trust her that far. Which, frankly, we usually can't.

Q: Moya's baby boy is a cutie! But has anyone stepped forward to claim paternity? And how did a *baby* get so many weapons? And how did Crais get custody?
A: There's no name in the "father" blank on the birth certificate, so we don't have a definite line on the dad --- and Moya's still not talking about it. But from what Crais admitted in Family Ties and what we saw in The Way We Weren't, the Peacekeepers intended to design a new breed of Leviathan that comes with a full array of operational weapons-- unlike his mommy. All the other Leviathans they've tried this with died during pregnancy, along with the babies, most likely because they were all wearing control collars that made the already difficult birth nearly impossible. Pilot, as well as Aeryn, believes that when D'Argo removed the contraceptive shield (most likely installed by Lieutenant Velorek) in They've Got a Secret that the catalyst he released contained the DNA signature for weapons, impregnating Moya in vitro with designer genes. "Daddy" is probably a test tube.

In the meantime, Baby Boy Moya -- named "Talyn" by Aeryn, in honor of the father she never met -- doesn't need a pilot-symbiote, but he chose Captain Crais to bear a neural implant that acts in the same way. As for custody, well, Crais is a rat and managed to subvert Talyn into running away from home at exactly the wrong moment. Since then, the pair have come and gone from the vicinity of Moya and her crew, alternately bringing trouble back with them, or helping Our Stalwart Crew out of trouble of their own. Ain't nobody happy with the situation, least of all Moya and Auntie Aeryn.

Q: So, what happened to Talyn? Where did he go? Did Crais go with him? What's up?
A: Um... Talyn went a little crazy there for a while -- he staretd firing on unarmed ships and doing a lot of damage. While the crew was busy infiltrating Scorpius' carrier, Crais was going to try to essentially reprogram Talyn, getting rid of the psychotic impulses ingrained in him by his Peacekeeper genetic tampering. It wasn't a happy decision, since there was no guarantee that the newly-psychology cleansed Talyn would be the same baby gunship we all knew and loved.

But the point became suddenly, horribly moot, as the only way to destroy Scorpius' command carrier turned out to be through Talyn -- to bring him into Starburst while still in the carrier's bay. Still guilt-ridden over the innocents he'd killed, Talyn agreed to the plan and Crais chose to stay aboard, to be with Talyn in the final moments. They died together as Talyn went into Starburst, and took the Command Carrier with them. And Your Faithful and Appalled Tour Guides cried a lot.

Q: Has John ever actually made it back to Earth, or were those all just hallucinations?
A: Yes and no. It's been a hallucination at least twice (A Human Reaction and Won't Get Fooled Again), but once John figured out wormholes, he was actually able to make his way back home to Earth -- once in 1986, and again in present-day. But along with Moya's crew, he also brought with him an alien assassin that succeeded in killing DK, and almost took out John, Aeryn and Jack. For the safety of his family, and his planet, John headed back out into the UT to stop the Peacekeepers and Scarrens from developing the workhole technology that could destroy Earth. He returned one last time in Bad Timing, but stayed only long enough to leave a tape recorder with intelligence and technology notes on the moon, and to say goodbye to his father, before returning to the UT and collapsing the Earth wormhole behind him (taking out a Scarren warship in the process).